A614 speed limit is reduced to 50mph . . .but crash victim dad says it’s ‘too late’

crash victim Jay Thompson
crash victim Jay Thompson
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THE dad of a teenager killed in a horrific smash on the A614 says a new speed limit has come too late.

On Friday, the speed limit on the road between Ollerton roundabout and Redhill, near Nottingham, was cut to 50mph to reduce accidents.

But Paul Thompson, whose son Jay Thompson was killed in the February 2009 crash - which also claimed the lives of three of his friends and those of an Edwinstowe couple - said safety measures should have been introduced sooner.

“At the end of the day this 50mph limit is not going to bring my son back,” he said.

“I hope it helps save the lives of others - but it came to late for my son.”

Mr Thompson said he thought it was likely motorists would ignore the speed limit unless it was policed.

“Speed cameras are an option but then people speed up again once they are past them - I’m not sure what you could do to make it safe,” he said.

Mr Thompson’s son, Jay (18), was killed on the road, near Bilsthorpe, along with pals Ross Johnson (19), Josh Drinkwater (18) and 17-year-old Tom Hudson - all pupils at Joseph Whitaker School in Rainworth.

Edwinstowe couple Christine Bray (66) and her 69-year-old husband Jonathan, of Thoresby Avenue, were also killed in the crash.

Following their deaths, campaigns to improve safety on the A614 stepped up a gear.

Sherwood MP Mark Spencer said the speed limit reduction was a major breakthrough in improving the safety record of the A614.

“I want to pay tribute to county councillor Richard Jackson who, in a time of austerity, has delivered more safety measures and junction improvements to the A614 in the two years he has been in post than any of his recent Labour predecessors,” he said.

“There is still work to be done and I will continue to fight for improvements at the junctions at Rose Cottage and Mickledale Lane.”

Bilsthorpe Parish Council chairman Andrea Swallow said their goal was to have traffic lights installed at the A614’s junction with Mickledale Lane.

“We want the lights because we think it is only the lights which would make that junction safer.

“The success of the new speed limit is going to depend on how well it is policed.

“There are worries it is going to cause more bunching and make it even more difficult for people living in Bilsthorpe to turn out on to the main road.”